Social Security’s 2020 Red Book Now Available

The 2020 version of Social Security’s Red Book ( is now available on their website. The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.


Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 2020

In recognition of the achievements of people who are deaf-blind, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) celebrates the third week in June as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. The theme this year is DEAF-BLIND. AND THRIVING.

See the Helen Keller National Center website for a complete list of calendar events:

The Facebook Page also has exclusive Facebook-only events:

Linda Alsop: The Cogswell-Macy Act: Training Teachers of the Deafblind and Deafblind Interveners

In addition to the HKNC event above, HDC and AUCD are celebrating Deafblind Awareness Week with a virtual guest speaker. Please consider joining us via Zoom as we present Linda Alsop of Utah State University, who will talk about the Cogswell-Macy Act and the requirements for training teachers of deafblind students as well as deafblind interveners.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Click here to register via Zoom


Deafblind International Webinars

Deafblind International is offering a series of live-streaming webinars June 22-26. Information and Registration for Deafblind Webinars, June 22-26


The Science Behind Brain Breaks

Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills.

From Edutopia Newsletter, May 15, 2020:

Research shows that periodic breaks throughout the day don’t just provide valuable downtime—they also boost productivity while giving students opportunities to develop their creativity and social skills.

In fact, breaks are a key part of learning, helping students process what they’ve learned by consolidating memories and making connections to other ideas.

Physical activity breaks—such as a short exercise break in the classroom or during recess—also reduce stress and increase blood flow and oxygenation to the brain, helping to keep students’ brains sharp, healthy, and active.

To learn more and for links to the research, check out our article, Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks.


Study charts developmental map of inner ear sound sensor in mice

Read full article by the NIH here.